Using Data for GOOD

Francine Bennett (Mastodon C), Duncan Ross (Times Higher Education)
Government/Open Data
Location: 212
Average rating: ****.
(4.20, 5 ratings)

Charities and social organisations have a difficult time when it comes to data: their funders don’t understand it, data scientists are expensive, and problems seem too big to address.

But what if you could get data scientists to volunteer their time to work with charities? That is where DataKind comes in.

This session will look at the work of DataKind UK, in particular at the problems addressed in their summer and autumn DataDives where seven charities worked on a variety of problems, including prediction of case trends, identifying missing patients for a hospice, and determining what makes tutors stay in an educational programme.

We will highlight a number of common features, and talk about what makes these approaches valuable for the charities concerned.

Photo of Francine Bennett

Francine Bennett

Mastodon C

Francine Bennett is a data scientist, and is the CEO and cofounder of Mastodon C. Mastodon C are agile big data specialists, who offer the open source Hadoop-powered technology and the technical and analytical skills which help organisations to realise the potential of their data.
Before founding Mastodon C, she spent a number of years working on big data analysis for search engines, helping them to turn lots of data into even more money. She enjoys good coffee, running, sleeping as much as possible, and exploring large datasets.

Photo of Duncan Ross

Duncan Ross

Times Higher Education

Duncan has been a data miner since the mid 1990s. He was Director of Advanced Analytics at Teradata until 2010, leaving to become Data Director of Experian UK. He rejoined Teradata to lead their International Data Science team.

At Teradata he has been responsible for developing analytical solutions across a number of industries, including warranty and root cause analysis in manufacturing, and social network analysis in telecommunications. These solutions have been developed directly with customers and have been deployed against some of the largest consumer bases in Europe.

In his spare time Duncan has been a city Councillor, chair of a national charity, founded an award winning farmers’ market, and is one of the founding Directors of the Institute of Data Miners. In 2012 he set up DataKind UK with Fran Bennett.